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  •  I don't want all the businessmen (4+ / 0-)

    and Wall St goons lining up behind Obama, not particularly.

    I want the Republican party to stop creating this particular "shock and awe" style economic threat. Whether they follow through on it or not, it is used to justify all kinds of actions that never would have been justified without it. As in, for instance, the fiscal cliff itself, which would never have existed had it not been for Boehner threatening Obama over the debt ceiling in 2011. And the fiscal cliff resulted in a large portion (84%?) of the Bush tax cuts becoming permanent, none of which would have happened without the Republican hostage-taking in summer 2011.

    I want this crap to stop. Aside from it being bad policy, it's anti-democratic (small 'd') in the worst way. "I could never get sufficient support for my lame-ass idea from my colleagues (and much less from the people of the US) so I'm going to threaten to BLOW UP THE FUCKING ECONOMY UNLESS YOU GIVE! BOW DOWN NOW BEFORE ME, BOW DOWN!"

    Haven't we had enough of that?

    In terms of the politics of this series of events, my priority is short-circuiting one of the ways that Congress (and others) use invented, manufactured economic crisis to plunder and destroy programs that serve large numbers of Americans. If we allow them to continue to do it, their "cuts" will extend even to eliminating whole pieces of the government itself.

    So I don't care so much about the optics, or about helping the Democrats attain their goal of impressing Wall St and the Chamber of Commerce with how much less crazy they are than the Republicans.

    if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 07:59:20 PM PST

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